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    Patience is a virtue- and a virtue can’t hurt you

    Years ago I heard a preacher say these words: “Patience is a virtue, and a virtue can’t hurt you.” That little rhyming phrase has stuck with me for at least a decade, especially when I’m prone to be impatient about something. And there has been a lot to be impatient about in the last decade of my life: waiting to hear if an offer on a house went through, being pregnant and waiting for each of my two sons to arrive, waiting to hear if I got into graduate school, waiting for my husband, Dave, to fix the hole in the wall that he accidentally made while working on a house…

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    give me more fruit! (or, how I lost 20 lbs.)

    It’s rare to find a person that isn’t interested in dropping a little weight. Few of us are content with how we look even though 20 years from now it’s likely that we’ll look back on pictures and think- “dang! I looked gooood!” and chide ourselves for not being more thankful for bodies that function well & were healthy. In my post about running recently I wrote about how I decided to try and “strive for five” fruits and veggies a day starting last January. While I had developed a good running routine, the extra 20 lbs. of baby weight just wasn’t coming off very quickly.  It’s funny that the…